Joplin Church Provides One Stop Shopping

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JOPLIN - Draven Curl and his family lost everything in the May 22nd tornado. 

"Uhh, we lost everything,"

The phrase is not uncommon in Joplin.

Brandi Curl, Draven's mother, said they lost the house and cars. College Heights Christian Church is now a place they go to get some of the necessities.

The church has nine different tents filled with canned goods, microavable food, baby food, toys, bathroom supplies, cleaning supplies, and even dog food. Greg Ward attends and volutneers at College Heights and said the Church is just trying to lend a hand.

"We have been trying to provide the best service to the victims," he said. 

Ward said there are 60 to 70 other point of distribution centers in Joplin but his church is using the buddy system. Once a person in need arrives, a personal shopper goes around to the different stations and helps each person or family shop.

Ward says the church has worked with about 1,500 volunteers who have poured into the church. They have come from as far west as California and as far east as Baltimore.

"It's just as much a ministry for the people to hear the stories of the people they are here to help," Ward said.

The church regularly helped 150 families a day the first two weeks after the tornado and that number has slowly gone down to 100.

Draven wasn't picky when choosing necessities.  The youngster picked candy, Pop Tarts and toys. Things that might bring a little normalcy to their lives.

"It's an honor," Draven said.